Memphis is the largest city in Tennessee. When you visit you’ll find live music and a number of historic destinations. If you’re planning a vacation Memphis should be at the top of your list. It’s definitely at the top of my list, and I hope to visit the Bluff City next year. Keep reading to learn about some of the things I hope to do when I visit.
Gibson Guitar Factory
Gibson is one of the most popular guitar brands in the world. The Gibson Guitar Factory is a must-visit for guitar players. On the tour, you’ll get a chance to see how each piece of the guitar is put together. It’s a good idea to make a reservation before you visit so that you’ll be guaranteed to get in.
Visit the Peabody Ducks
Every day at 11:00AM five ducks ride the elevator down to the Peabody Hotel’s lobby. They march across a red carpet and deposit themselves into the lobby fountain. At 5:00PM the ceremony is repeated in reverse when the ducks return to their “Duck Palace” on the roof of the hotel. The custom has taken place every day since at least 1933, and it’s free to witness. Many celebrities have served as Honorary “Duckmaster” throughout the years, and the ducks have appeared in multiple television shows.
National Civil Rights Museum
The National Civil Rights Museum is located on the site of the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was assassinated. In 1991 the museum opened its doors, but in 2012 it closed for two years for renovations. The most popular exhibits include the room where Dr. King stayed, a replica of a Montgomery bus that Rosa Park would have sat in, and sit-in counters.
Music lovers shouldn’t skip out on visiting Sun Studio. Elvis, Johnny Cash, B.B. King, and Roy Orbison are just some of the legends who have recorded at the studio since it first opened in 1950. Some rock ‘n’ roll fans consider the studio the birthplace of the genre since the first rock ‘n’ roll single was recorded here. Over the years musicians have continued to record at the studio in an attempt to capture some of the space’s magic. When you’re done visiting the studio consider hopping aboard the free shuttle that takes you to Graceland.
Elvis Presley purchased Graceland in 1957, and he lived there until his death in 1977. The property originally opened up to the public in 1982. Today it’s the second most visited private home in the United States next to the White House. Elvis fans travel from all over the world to view the singer’s final resting place as well as his vehicle and jet collection. Even if you’re not an Elvis fan it’s worth making the trip to Graceland just to see the luxury that The King lived in.